HELP ME TO SUPPORT THE PARALYMPIC ATHLETES

PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !


Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 17th season will be any more successful !


London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !


Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.


Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues and my views on the Doping Issues and Sporting Fraud Issues that arise from time to time .


SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.


Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .


Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .


NOT ALL postings arrive in the correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from road safety issues .



Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .


You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for info is a good start !

Mar 31, 2014

BLOGGER is a WASTE OF SPACE !

Comprehensive effort LOST , as i clicked on the " photo " button , when the internet link had dropped out !

THINK i am going to dredge up hours of work ?

THINK AGAIN !


Feb 18, 2014

You're bigger than me , so you do what you like ?

Heading home on the Tuesday Shopping trip , i am coming into the 50kph zone
, when i happen on a " 30kph Worker on Road Sign ". Knowing i have to slow from 40+kph and that there is a vehicle behind me , i signal the " Keep right behind sweep " as a courtesy gesture . Hr VIP , pulls alongside me and edges towards the kerb then speeds up to pass the " Geminde Vehicle " working on cleaning the RHS kerb area . Not totally inconvenienced , as the approaching vehicle had turned off before the parked work truck and mobile dumpster , i had never the less been caused to lose my right of way , by the selfish attitude of the van shown here !

This peasant has a shop in the Dorf of Munster , home of the Austrian Ski Star Anna Marie Brem , who like her Mother , uses a Bike for Cross Training ! Having gone the 1km to the shop , i arrived in his parking area as he was walking into the shop . Having taken several photoss of the van . I went in seeking the Manager , speaking to the Lady at the office desk and asking if she spoke English . I explained to her what had taken place and then Hr VIP/shop owner interrupted . He started by speaking Dialect to me , i asked for English since i thought he was intelligent enough to oblige , but he persevered with his vocals , none of which i understood , so i wrote down the Facebook pages he could read , so as to understand what i had to say . With this i moved over to speak to the Lady once more at which point he started to pull at my Plastic Wind Jacket , then pushed me in the general direction of the door . By this time it was clear that he understood all that i had said and even threatened to call the Polizei ,
which could have resulted in his having to explain his assault on me .  This was not the first time that he had passed me on the road , since his shop is on one of the routes West that i have to use on a regular basis . At a guess he is old enough to have obtained his Driver Permit , in the days that you could ask your " mates " to help you out ? These days there are Driving chools such as " Wallner " who teach their Pupils , to ease off behind a Cyclist , signal overtake , pass with more than a metre clearance , then signal return to lane when sufficiently clear of the Cyclist ! How many years have they being doing this ?

Problem is though , that as soon as the Pupil starts travelling alone , behaving correctly towards Cyclists , their perceptions of other Vehicles , such as Emergency Services Vehicles FAILING to Signal , OR , pass sufficiently wide , could cause them to fail to practice the procedures taught and required by Austrian Law ?

ONLY when the Austrian Emergency Services Vehicles ( Polizei ,Ambulance & Fire & Rescue Services ) , when NOT IN Emergency Mode , practice the manoevres they were TRAINED to perform , will the general Austrian Public resume those REQUIRED Habits ! Meanwhile the Austrian Public are busy congratulating their Winter Athletes for their bringing Home the Medals , i wonder how those Athletes will feel the next time they are Cross Training on the Austrian Roads and have grief caused by poor driving behaviour ?  Being in the Countryside , i am able to avoid many of the difficulties that those living in Cities ENDURE on EACH Bike Ride !


Another example of poor behaviour , took place last week . The truck depicted , no doubt exited the Autobahn , travelled along the link road to the Trading Estate road , that i was more than 150m along  . About 100m before a 90° right hand he was wide and alongside me whilst i was still doing 35+kph . In the truck deaccelerating to sweep around the corner , i was forced to brake and then he doglegged left and then to the right , so as to turn onto the property he was visiting . I went directly to the Office and was busy explaining the situation to the receptionist when the driver finally made his way to the office to make himself known .

Not much the people of the business were willing to do , since they did not see what had taken place on the road , nor were they willing to relay my complaint to the employer . Having left a placard with the " 1 1/2M safe pass " depicted , i took my leave , leaving the driver with his " Nothing you can do " attitude !

Seems that he could not give me the courtesy of the road for the corners , which i would have ridden through quicker than he could drive that semi HGV , but he lost considerable time whilst the people he was visiting heard me out . Not sure if there was anything gained , but i will be advising " Links " to this post , to various Authorities ! Will they act ? Doubt that anything i report here ,will keep them from falling asleep !


Jan 19, 2014

STOP KILLING CYCLISTS !

Universal need for Cyclists to be treated with more CARE !

Would YOU pass a car in the way you pass a Cyclist ? Barely scraping past and then closing their piece of road ?

Of course you wouldn't if it risked damaging YOUR bodywork ! YET , so many motorists , think NOTHING of hospitalising a Cyclist and then disappearing off the scene , leaving an injured CYCLIST , to DIE ! Too many recent headlines in so many English speaking countries feature " COWARD PASS " , the NEW SPORT that Motorists appear to be currently enamoured with ?













With my suggestions to

https://www.facebook.com/StopKillingCyclists

there was a repeat of their contact in

 https://www.facebook.com/SafeCyclingAustralia

yeah well , their greeting was a beauty :  " Greetings, 'straya!"

Looking forward to seeing MORE Cycling Safety Org.s form a  " Coalition of the WILLING " !

In posting to the https://www.facebook.com/StopKillingCyclists facebook page i found no " Photo " access , so here are the photos that i think would better serve their purpose than the " 1M " posted by " icame isawi "


https://www.facebook.com/RIGHTOFWAYAUSTRALIA   in the 1st week received a few " LIKE " but the past week has been largely ignored !

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ioc-chairman-thomas-bach-create-an-international-umbrella-cycling-safety-organisation
has ALSO seen little action of late !

Each effort to SAVE CYCLISTS from Grief on the roads , deserve support ! Whether YOU live in New Zealand (  http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2014/01/06/cyclists-continue-to-die-on-our-roads  ), South Africa (  ROAD TRAFFIC (OVERTAKING BICYCLES) AMENDMENT BILL 2013  ) , USA  (  www.treehugger.com/bikes/bike-friendly-portland-had-zero-cyclist-fatalities-2013.html  ) , Canada , Oz  (  http://m.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-pplater-manages-11-texts-while-driving-100kmh/story-fnihsrf2  ) or UK  (  www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3705446.ece  ), YOU are on 2 wheels and subject to the " whims " of the passing traffic !

Friday i was BUSSED with mm.s to spare ! The 60 seater turned onto the exit lane , less than 100m in front of me , so i followed him . Before he could open his Bus Door , i was there waiting to ask HIM & his pasengers for an explanation . As he exited the empty bus , he told me " SMIDSY , i didn't see you ( no sorry) " , with the arrogance of a Nazi storm trooper ! Pushing me out of his way , to get to the supermarket, for whatever ? No witnesses so no hope of action !

Typical all over the world response , " I AM BIGGER THAN you "!


A hugh success came in 2013 , when @SafeCylingOz made the effort to create a Petition , that saw the Queensland Government create " Safe Pass Legislation " for 1M in areas under 60kph and 1 1/2M SAFE Pass in areas where speeds are over 60kph !

This past week has seen  https://www.facebook.com/StopKillingCyclists  enjoy HUGE Success in the MainStream Media !  Numerous Front Page articles in Broadsheet Newspapers , on Radio Drive Time programmes and other Media outlets !

Part of the reson has been their reminding the Politicians of the 1999 guidelines WHEN " Fixed Penalty Notices " first were issued !

BRAVO to YOU BOTH !




In the USA , many States in 2013 , legislated 1M
"Safe Pass Laws "! In addition to Portland , Oregon
reporting a " Zero Cyclist Death Toll " , New York City has Created a Zero Death Vision Campaign " ,
NOW , San Francisco has joined , with their OWN!







Should it be necessary for Politicians , to lose Family Members ,
 before THEY decide to ACT ?

Numerous Media Articles , have been released recently , in Australasia & USA , with Families APPEALING for " motorists " to ACT MORE RESPONSIBLY when near CYCLISTS !

This CAmpaign came about due to a NEEDLESS
Personal Tragedy :

https://www.facebook.com/livein.hope.7

Which alerted me to this Article about " Hope Fennell "!

CAN ANYONE BELIEVE that Politicians care about Vulnerable Road Users , after reading this item ?

This Driver will be " licenced to KILL AGAIN " in Feb 2014 ! The Family of Hope , are SENTENCED to LIFE without HER !




Dec 30, 2013

OPEN SEASON ON CYCLISTS ?

Season  of Peace and Goodwill to ALL ? Are YOU kidding ?
The only good thing about the Festive season is that it is nearly over ! Unseasonably warm weather here in Austria , has seen me out on the bike most days , instead of on Touring Skis . Despite dental and stomach problems , i have been able to get 3+hrs daily , on the bike , on the dry roads in sunny weather , even dressed as if out on a Summer's Day at the Giro or TDF.

Whilst the normal expectation for the Tirol is good snow , this season it arrived in the East Tirol , particularly around Lienz , where i spent the weekend watching the Women's Ski races . The mothers of two local families were able to see their Daughters race in the World Tour . In previous posts , i have mentioned riding with Eva Marie Brem's mother , there are photos of them both elsewhere . Alexandra Daum's  family , whom i have also ridden with over the years , were also happily watching their Daughter come in at 17th in her race .

Elsewhere , the Internet has  reported any number of Outrageous behaviours towards Cyclists in a variety of countries . I have had my share of " Mutants " that decide that Cyclists have NO RIGHTS on the roads , even recently on an empty , quiet country road , where a " local " decided to express their displeasure with klaxon/horn as they passed " tapping " their " empty? head "! This incident escalated and left the local Polizei telling mr that drivers EXPECT Cyclists to use the " Cycle Paths ( cluttered with snow , ice & stones )"?

Here are a FEW of the links to World Wide Cycling Stories that i have seen in recent days :

http://www.victorharbortimes.com.au/story/1994036/cyclist-killed-in-alleged-hit-and-run-at-lower-inman-valley/?cs=1537

http://road.cc/content/news/104036-lorry-driver-jailed-death-careless-driving-kent-cyclist

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/felix-baur-killed-while-training-in-spain

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9555204/Cyclist-hit-by-egg

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78481974/

http://t.co/jXhw8ppgag

http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/cyclist-killed-crash-crusaded-bike-lanes-15105.shtml

http://globalvisionremixed.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/what-is-a-cyclists-life-worth-in-australia/

http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/melbourne-man-killed-in-los-angeles-riding-bike-20131224-2zvw4.html

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/cyclists-allegedly-assaulted-on-beach-road-20131228-300kp.html

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1995867/cyclist-killed-on-west-tamar-highway/?cs=95

http://www.watoday.com.au/rugby-union/wales-rugby/woman-crashes-with-cyclist-in-byford-20131229-301ex.html


Many MORE stories are out there , but as a lone voice , i have few options to try to assist in creating the breakthrough needed to help bridge the divide between Cyclists ( Vulnerable Road Users ) and Motorists (Careless, Aggressive or MINDLESS ) .

World Wide , there are numerous " Cycling safety Org.s " in many Countries , each have their NEEDS  , Ideas & Initiatives that could be used by OTHERS , to meet the same target : SAFE USE of the ROADS BY CYCLISTS ! 

 Politicians in most English speaking Countries are BUSY promoting Cycling for many reasons . They see the opportunity to reduce " Infrastructure Costs " , reduce Health services and WIN votes . SElf serving Media Op.s have been created by Boris Johnson , Mayor of London with his Blue Paint Super Highways ? David Cameron , Prime Minister of U.K., hopping on his down market mountain bike with a Helmet hanging off his handlebars ? Tony Abbott on the Sunday of his Election to Prime Minister of Oz , riding his Up market street bike , properly kitted out , with his mates . Years ago we were seeing George Bush , out on his MTB with a guy he possibly no longer wishes to talk with , i know the former Premier of Sth Oz , no longer wishes to be reminded of that person .

Knowing that Politicians and EVEN Police Forces are ONLY Interested in their OWN backyard , i thought that Creating an opportunity for ALL the International Safety Groups to come together would be appropriate. Seems that this idea has fallen short of my expectations :


Are there any of my readers that are NOT Interested in Sport ? How many Athletes , grew up without aspiring to succeed to High Level Competition , perhaps even the Olympics ?  Most High level Athletes use Cycling as Cross Training , even " Jo public ",  uses Spinning at the Gym as a form of exercise . Fact is some form of Cycling Exercise is used by most that aspire to Fitness or Competition .

This petition , could have been aimed at the UCI as the manager of the " Umbrella Org. " , but since Skiers , Rowers and other Athletes using Leg Muscles , take to the ROADS for Cross Training , i thought to make the agenda more inclusive . Thinking Social media would assist i have posted links in " Twitter , Facebook & LinkedIn " , virtually to no avail !

Currently i have been advised by " @change " , that i could be addressing the Petition to the wrong person ? WHO runs IOC ?  Thomas Bach having recerntly taken over from Jacques Rogge , no doubt delegates responsibilities to OTHERS , but WHEN did you contact the low man on the totem pole to get the BOSS to take action ? So far @change has not seen fit to reply to my request that they assist in promoting to the "Social Media World "! " LinkedIN " tell me that i have numerous contacts :

Your LinkedIn Network
955 Connections link you to 9,852,113+ professionals
14,320 New people in your Network since December 23

Oh yeah ? ALL ASLEEP during the Festive Season ?

Facebook show 4000+ friends ! I know of a couple that are awake !

Twitter show 217 followers at present , my blogs used to be posted automatically after " publishing " , not any more it seems ?

IN summing up SOCIAL MEDIA appears to be a DEAD LOSS !

Once again i wsould like to remind People that December 2013 has been UNKIND to Cyclists , certainly in those English Speaking areas that i see reported .

I use my bike to " Advocate Para Sport " at the Grand Tours , i have NO WISH to join their Community !

Each Cyclist is alone on their bike , yet the following is what they can expect as an Individual .


  
Any doubts about the DANGERS on a bike , visit this Hospital workers feed :

https://twitter.com/jessica_r_lane

Those that are adverse to wearing Helmets , may have been  reminded of the NEED , with the recent terrible news of Michael Schumacker ? Every Ski story about him shows him wearing a Helmet ! 

Addendum :

Earlier there was a link to THOSE Mutants that chose to attack Melbourne Cyclists , weighing in on this Story is the FAMOUS FOOT IN MOUTH , Melbourne Radio/Media "star"( legend in his own mind ) Darren Hinch :

http://www.humanheadline.com.au/hinch-says/no-love-lost

Must have read my Facebook comment to the article on Saturday :

 "  With the rego plate visible in the photo , it is likely that the Police will take MORE Severe action AGAINST any Cyclist retaliating against these Mutants , thaese Mutants , were NOT aware of the damage they were creating should seek counselling ? That they were not locked up IMMEDIATELY demonstrates thast the Police are condoning the CONTINUAL BULLYING of Cyclists, let alone unable to HONOUR their Responsibilities to the Community they " Serve & Protect "!